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Okay, so none of that makes sense…UNLESS….you are an English teacher like myself OR you remember the analogies section from standardized tests.  But really, I think it’s an appropriate association…don’t you?  Good.  Glad we agree 🙂

Today is FRIDAY!!!!!  Which means…Five Things Friday.  Today, sticking with my theme of associations, I am doing a Five WORDS Friday…which will actually be more like 20 since there are four words in associations….

1.  Treadmill Running : Ugh :: Outside Running : YAY!

I have not been able to run outside much lately.  It’s been incredibly snowy up here in the Northeast…and it looks like we’re going to get even MORE snow next week.  woot.  Truth be told – I am okay with treadmill running but I really would like at least ONE run outside a week.  Temps say it is going to be close to 50 this weekend – HEAT WAVE!!!!  I’m on that like peanut butter’s on jelly…..(did I mention I really like peanut butter?)  Truth be told, I don’t mind running inside that much…if anything it lets me catch up on my Sportscenter…..

2.  Sweat Pants : My go-to clothing choice of late :: Yoga Pants : Not my go-to clothing choice of late

Whatever your comfy clothes preference is…lately, I have a three pair of sweat pants rotation – for when I am home, obviously not when I am teaching (although that would be amazing if I could wear them to school!).

3.  Swimming : My First Fitness Love :: Swimming : Something I always use as a fitness basis

While that analogy might not make sense…if you think about it…any one of us that has had a first love/relationship/etc…we ALWAYS remember that ONE.  Everyone always says, “You’ll never forget your first love” blah blah blah….right?  In my case, swimming was and always will be my first love and most important sport I’ve ever been involved with.

The reason I use Swimming as a fitness basis is because it is probably the ONLY sport where you are required to use EVERYTHING.  I mean, think about it….running, you primarily use your legs….biking, legs….soccer, legs…well you get the point.  I always try to explain to my swimmers how people who make fun of swimming are doing so because THEY DON’T GET IT.  They don’t understand how difficult it can be.  The true swimmers don’t see the difficulty….that’s what separates those who can and can not.  I always tell them, “if it were easy, everyone would do it”.

4.  Vegetarian : Veggies :: Pescatarian : Veggies + Fish

I am a vegetarian who dabbles in the pescatarian realm.  Truthfully, I love sushi….and all kinds of fish…so I eat it when I am out but that’s about it.  I won’t prepare it for a home cooked meal.  I know, I’m weird.  We all have our things.  I still laugh when people get worried or upset after I tell them my food choices.

Pretty much always

It’s nice that it’s more and more common these days for people to be Vegetarians as well as more restaurants accommodating those of us who choose to go without meat.  I tried to be a Vegan…for all of two weeks….I just couldn’t do it.  I workout WAY to much and would have to eat non-stop for me to go Vegan.  Plus….I like cheese…and eggs….and, well….I like them!

5.  Exercise : Fitness :: Diet : Healthiness

My fitness is determined by my exercise just as my healthiness is determined by my diet.  While they are all intertwined, I think it’s safe to say without a clear idea of what we want out of all of these, we aren’t going to get the results we hope for.  Goals are excellent ways to start our path to fitness and healthiness.  My goals this year involve more races and trying new experiences.  I am incredibly psyched for the Tough Mudder in April.  I am also excited for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler earlier that month!

And while I may pretty much be at a point where I am maintaining my fitness level, that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to work hard to feel better about myself.

Just remember, you have a choice….we all do.  If you don’t like the way things are….do something about it.  You’re worth it.

Have a great weekend!

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I totally lost touch with my blog….clearly.  Evidence being:  I haven’t written since the summer time!  Eek!

With that being said….rather than regale y’all with a recap of the last four or so months and the usual, “where I’ve been” post…..I’m just going to get right back into it.

For various reasons – my writing dropped off – life got busy – too many irons in the fire – you pick whichever idiom fits into that mold.  All of them are true but the truest is that I kind of lost my desire to write.

When is a better time to start back up then on the first day of the year?  Well, any day is really a great day to start…..”if not now, when?”…..right?

Like many people – I am resolving to make some changes this year.  I’ve decided that 2014 is going to be the year I am in the best shape of my life.  Details on how that’ll happen shortly….I’ve also decided to really connect  – with everything – this year.

Pretty Much….

In reality….I dug up last year’s resolutions….just to kind of gauge where my life has gone/changed/if at all…..  They looked like this:

2013 Resolutions:
1.  Practice Yoga 1-4 times a week.
2.  Continue to see my therapist.
3.  Join a Crossfit Gym.
4.  Get a Real Teaching Job at a local High School
5.  Learn to say ‘no’ and not feel bad about it.
6.  Volunteer.

Reflection: 

While I didn’t necessarily accomplish EACH of these…..I did manage to accomplish the important ones.  #2 and #4.  HUGE!  Just the fact that I got a teaching job – albeit a Long Term Sub position which ends soon (as far as I know) – I have had a purpose for the first half of the school year which is such an important part of my life.

I did #3 but it was in a roundabout way.  I am teaching spin at the location I do crossfit.  Did I mention one of my resolutions this year is to be in the best shape of my life.  I’d like to volunteer more and definitely do more yoga….my schedule is insane right now….so one of my resolutions will address this….

It’s always nice when you can look back at realistic goals and know that you weren’t too far off…..you know?

Greatest Moment of 2013 – Getting my teaching job at Ridley.  I literally was on the verge of a meltdown on my way home from a job interview that I thought I was going to have to take which would have changed my entire life…..when I got the phone call about Ridley.  It was a rollercoaster of emotion day.

Some of my students - with their thinking hats on :-)

Some of my students – with their thinking hats on 🙂

Worst Moment of 2013 – Steamtown Marathon.  If you’ll remember, I kind of started blogging again because I was training for this marathon.  Turns out – my heart was just not in it.  But THANKFULLY, I have two amazing friends – Jen and Heather – who came up to watch my struggle to the finish and kept me motivated to finish.  Thank god for my father – who I called at mile 14 and just kind of fell apart emotionally.  I have officially retired from marathons but other fitness goals are on their way 🙂

While I might look good - I feel awful - about 100 yards from the finish line.  Photo credit: Heather Van Horn xoxo

While I might look good – I feel awful – about 100 yards from the finish line. Photo credit: Heather Van Horn xoxo

SO……here we go…..

My 2014 Resolutions:
1.  Stop chasing after things or people who ignore me.

2.  Be a better friend – devote more time to them.

3.  Slow Down – allow myself to enjoy the moments.  2013 went SO fast.  I need to reflect more.

4.  Roll with the punches – I have gotten a lot better at this….but I still tend to get worked up in situations that are out of my control.  Who’re we kidding, we’re not really in control of anything…..

5.  Continue to search for and GET the elusive full time teaching position that gives me a real salary and benefits.

6.  Get into the best shape of my life:

-Crossfit 2 times a week

-Train for a Half Iron Man

-Run 20-30 miles a week

-Teach spin 2-3 times a week/Ride with a group on a regular basis

-Swim at least once a week

-Eat better and drink less alcohol (truthfully, I don’t really think I’ll miss alcohol that much – I just can’t handle the recovery time any more)

And that’s all I’m listing.  While I’ll have some other small goals – I feel that putting down TOO MANY goals can be overwhelming.  So there it is.

Oh!  Also – I plan on attempting to write EVERY DAY in 2014.  Whether that’s here or for my own self – who knows….but I just gotta do it….

Happy New Year!  What are your resolutions?

Sometimes I get a lot of gruff from my family (ok, mainly mother) about not eating meat.  The minute I say I am tired or have been for a few days, her first comment is, “I really think you’re always so tired because you don’t eat meat”.  

Also, I always think of this scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding every time someone asks me about why I don’t eat meat…..

But back to the first part….anyone else notice a few things about that statement?

1.  Apparently a few days turned into ALWAYS.

2.  She doesn’t even think that maybe I am not sleeping well but instead not giving myself enough food.

3.  Instead of asking me why I’m tired she just assumed I am not taking care of myself…slipping back down that spiral into the EVIL EATING DISORDER STAIRCASE DOWNWARD (to be read and heard in your head in a loud booming voice – kthanks).

Truly – I have learned to ignore it – and I while I realize my mother, and my family, some times feels as though I could resort to the old lifestyle I had the only real thing I can tell them to assure them I won’t is that ‘I am just too damn old to be resorting to something like that’.

Speaking of old…I really felt my body this morning…creek…creek…crack….woot!

BACK FROM MY SECOND TANGENT….

I did a bunch of my own reading yesterday and there’s actually a book I have been meaning to read by Ultra Marathoner, Scott Jurek about how a VEGAN diet helped him run his miles.  That’s next on my list (now if only I could stick with one book…and/or stop watching TWW! ha).

While there are definitely some ‘haters’ out there…for the most part, everything I’ve read said it’s actually better for people to be on a basically vegetarian/vegan diet:

Matt Frazier explains, “I became a much stronger runner almost immediately after switching to a vegetarian diet.”  He talks about other Vegetarian Athletes on The No Meat Athlete

ADAPTT lists the amount of professional athletes (including body builders) who are Vegan/Vegetarians.

To balance it a bit – This Guy does not like the idea of a VEGAN/VEGETARIAN athlete…but that’s okay.

And this Q & A from the NYTimes has three different opinions about the Vegan/Veggie diet with athletes.

What I’d eventually like to do is write a review of Scott Jurek’s book and tell you all about it….I’ll get to it.

For now…I feel like I have made the right decision with being a ovo-lacto vegetarian (and on occasion I will eat fish but usually only if I go out).

I think people should stick to what works for them and how they feel after they eat….rather than judge one another based on what they “think” they should be eating. 

***I will however add this – the fact that I am a recovering anorexic, there are still signs and symptoms with people who are either not eating enough or simply making excuses as to why they “can’t eat” such and such a food.  If you, as a friend (and you must be a friend because outsiders will likely feel the wrath of 10,000 suns if you say anything to someone with an ED) feel like something could be up….say something.  I can also write a blog post about that soon.  Let’s just put it this way…if it weren’t for my exboyfriend and college roommate/best friend…who knows what would’ve happened to me.***

 

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So tell me, what kind of “diet” do you stick to?

I prefer the 90/10 diet.  I eat healthy 90% of the time and 10% of the time I let loose….. 😉

Also – do you think athlete’s can be vegetarian/vegan??  Thoughts!, please!

This is not a food blog.  I have no intention of it ever being one.  There are a lot of reasons – of which I will explain a few of in a moment – but for practical purposes, food does not drive me.  It is not my purpose in life.  Sure, I love to eat.  I TRULY DO.  BUT….I also love that I no longer use it as a control substance.  Allow me to explain.

Growing up, the only source of knowledge about food that I had was via my parents (duh, who else?).  Primarily, my mother.  In fact it wasn’t until I read this article – ‘When Your Mother Says She’s Fat’ by Kasey Edwards – that it really struck a chord with me….all of it.  My idea of what it was like to eat normally was abstract….example:

I remember watching my mother eat (solely) – grapefruits – air popped popcorn – veggies with nothing on them – and various other elements of food with nutritional value but very little value when they were eaten alone.  Ironically enough – years later – amidst my ED, I ate all of those things…..singularly….in frequent rotation.  A typical morning for me was to wake up – go to class for three hours (no breakfast, just coffee) – workout for 2 hours (maybe more) – eat two grapefruits after the workout (no protein or anything other than sugar in the form of carbs) – wait an hour and make some air popped popcorn – then maybe maybe myself some frozen veggies for dinner.  Repeat.  Crazy, right?  (I don’t even know how I had the energy to exercise every day)

What I’m getting at is this:  In the last 5 or so years, I re-taught myself how to eat and what to eat in order to feel like I wasn’t a person who was always going to be in recovery from anorexia.  Not that there is anything wrong with it – I am a different person because of my struggles and stronger for them – but the goal has always been to get back to a normal thought process.

So what did/do I do?  Here’s where my list of reasons why I no longer focus on food as much and how I know I am/if I am sliding backwards…..

-Food and talk of calories is a trigger for me.  What’s a trigger?  Anything that makes me feel as though I am out of control of my situation – doesn’t even have to be food….could be something bad happening in my life.  But when I am surrounded by people who talk about food a lot and/or talk about how many calories are in something I instantly go into my head and think, then I shouldn’t be eating that – what’s wrong with me – why do I feel like I can eat that?.  Deranged thoughts that most people do not have.  Sure, there is the occasional person who will feel guilty about it afterwards but prior they just think – THIS IS GOING TO TASTE DELICIOUS – and usually it does.

-No one really needs to know what I’m eating.  If I have an amazing meal – I’ll definitely talk about it.  I’ll even recommend it and rave about it.  But there will be no pictures (unless I really feel it’s warranted) and there will be no dwelling on the amount of fat/calories/etc. in the meal.  I have finally gotten to a point where if I am going to eat something, I will enjoy it in moderation – everything in moderation, right?  That’s not to say I am hiding my food or ashamed of what I eat – but really – there is so much more to who I am as a person beyond what I put into my mouth on a daily basis.

***Side Note to the aforementioned reason – I do eat a Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly sandwich EVERY DAY – just in case anyone cared – it’s delicious – (can be) nutritious (at least my version is) – and why wouldn’t you?  Duh.  They’re fantastic.  There’s a reason my mother packed one for me every day when I was little – I don’t mess around with the PB&J, yo.

-As interested in food and eating food as I am – and trust me, my friends know if they come to visit, we eat well (right, Painter?!) – I don’t live to eat, I eat to live. 

I eat to be healthy.

I eat to fuel my body for my 14+ mile long runs.

I eat to be able to teach spin AND THEN run a 6 or 7 miler later in the day.

I eat to feel good.

I eat to be social with my friends.

I eat to enjoy new things and new tastes.

If you’re not eating for these reasons (and others too), WHAT. ARE. YOU. DOING?

I don’t eat when I’m bored (although I have been guilty of this in the past).

I don’t eat to comfort myself (and yes, I have been guilty of this too – who hasn’t?).

I don’t eat to control my life or use it as a form of control when everything else is out of control (that is a typical ED mindset).

I don’t eat to excess.

I’ve recently shared some information about places I’ve eaten, particularly in NYC.  I mentioned I haven’t eaten a doughnut in more than 5 years….I also haven’t eaten red meat in more than 10 years….I haven’t eaten chicken or turkey in more than 6 years….but I do eat fish on occasion….I eat a LOT of fruits and veggies.  I eat a LOT of other things.  I eat what I like…and that’s how I’ve managed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I often get comments from my mother like these:

“You’re tired because you’re not getting enough protein – I don’t know why you just won’t eat some meat.”

“It’s because you don’t eat enough.”

“I worry about you….are you slipping?  Are you getting enough food?”

“Why don’t you just have some more…you look great, kate.”

If you, by chance, happened to read the article I posted earlier….it’s the disordered thought process and eating that I grew up with from my mother that (in some ways) got me into a mess of disordered eating myself.  Occasionally, yes, I will indulge and have an extra scoop of crushed oreos on my frozen yogurt…or I’ll sit down with my friend and make a VERY large bowl of guacamole and EAT ALL OF IT ALONG WITH A WHOLE BAG OF CHIPS 🙂  SO. FREAKIN’. WHAT?  (it was delicious, btw….entirely delicious and I did not feel guilty one bit)

So what am I getting at?

Basically, I am trying to explain that despite my struggles with food and my difficulties (especially during my worst with my ED) eating with other people – I have figured out a way and pattern that works for me.  I don’t judge other people who eat differently than I do.  I do, however, instantly recognize if someone is suffering from an ED whether it be anorexia/overeating/binge eating/etc.

I eat when I am hungry…which, when I am training, is typically every few hours.  If I am not hungry, I don’t eat.  Simple as that.

I am proud of the fact that at no time in the last year or two have I sat down at a meal and refused to eat something because there may be a little bit of butter in it…or too much cream…or extra whipped topping…or…even….two deliciously high calorie/high fat doughnuts.  The thoughts I used to have don’t even creep into my mind any more.

So there you have it – my history of food – Katiefitz Is Fit Style (title make sense now?)

For those that are utterly confused by this post….don’t worry…that just means you’re normal….for those that can relate to it in some way….don’t worry either…you’re normal too.  I just know that my journey helped me figure out that I so much better off now, than I ever was….

 

Remember this song?

The lyrics are pretty freakin’ awesome – I definitely have a thing for words and meaning and meaning of words in songs…..so there’s that.

There is a point to me using this song to start off today’s post – just….you know how we all have a tendency to over-think (okay, maybe this is just me and I am projecting? y?/y)?  I realized that everything that I was worrying about was ‘all in my head’.  My dad would laugh at me right now and say, “Haven’t I been telling you that, Fitz?”.  Yes, Dad.  Thanks.  I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes.

Regardless, I was fretting a lot about when I would get my workouts in and if I would have time to run and blah blah blah….and not to go too much on a tangent here but I was watching the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions the other night (they FINALLY let RUSH in)….Alex Lifeson gave probably one of the best acceptance speeches I’ve ever seen(clearly recorded from tv but who cares – hilarious!):

BUT I DIGRESS……

Yesterday was my first real test of what it will be like to have a full day of work and then coaching afterwards – it was pretty smooth.  I subbed and rushed over to Cabrini to coach from 4-6 (yes, only 6 – turns out they don’t need me for the last hour).  I was able to get in my mileage but I was also able to get in some lifting!  Did I mention I wanted to start lifting again?

As much as I love yoga – and I will be getting back on my mat soon – I really used to love lifting.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not planning on bulking up – I just want to tone my upper body more.  I’d really love some well defined arms – you know what I mean?

I’d totally be okay with arms – hell, abs too! – like this

So I am pretty sure my arms will be sore in a few days (because it’s been more than 2 years that I’ve picked up a set of weights).  I’m okay with it.  It’s the good kind of sore.  It won’t effect my run today or tomorrow – maybe the chance of doing handstands in  yoga on Saturday but nothing else really.

Today I have a 6.5 miler on tap and have to run a bunch of errands.  I’m kickin’ butt and taking names…

In the coaching arena – things are going really well with my summer swim team kids.  There are a few, as always, that are most likely going to drive me to drink a large glass of wine and/or a few beers throughout the summer – but it’s much easier knowing what to expect this time around.  I have to give myself a little pat on the back though – I learned ALL of their names the first day!  That’s unprecedented for me – maybe I’m honing my teacher-skills since I have to do that constantly.  OR, maybe I’m just paying more attention 🙂

Anywho – TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!  WHAT. IS. UP. PEOPLE?!  I’m incredibly happy about it – can’t you tell?

Another Monday, another week where I feel like I am starting over….again!

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I started the whole Crazy Sexy Diet Challenge and I have failed miserably.  The first week was rough and as it were, I made some alterations to the “diet” so to speak.  In truth, the CSD is not designed for people who workout rigorously like I do.  I was finding I didn’t have enough energy to get through my workout let alone feel like I had enough energy to even start one.  So the changes I made were small but simple.

I added some full carb/gluten foods back in.  I had my best workouts/runs after I ate pizza or pasta (duh) which are technically no-no’s on the CSD.  I have also been very wary about the dairy and other foods I’ve been putting into my body but on the weekends I tend to go a little crazy which makes me feel like I am setting myself back.  I’ve also been really good about the drinking thing – although this weekend was an exception since I decided to just enjoy myself – I was at a reunion after all! (I’ll get to that in a minute).

Basically what I think I’m going to end up doing is resorting back to my original eating habits – they were not bad in any way – I was just trying something different with the CSD.  Eating clean is the name of the game – and I am still liking the green smoothies I make so those are a nice addition to my daily eating habits.  I just might not drink them first thing in the morning.  Also – I realized this weekend how MUCH I miss coffee.  Yep.  I still want it.  I figure, I have about a month left to live at my place and when I am out of here, I’ll change everything around.  I have a lot of different things ahead of me in May – CAN IT BE MAY ALREADY??!?!

In other news….this weekend I went to one of my Alma Mater’s – Albright – for a Phi Mu/Phi Beta Mu Alumnae Reunion.  It was a BLAST!  I forgot how much I loved those ladies.  I really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.  The weather was gorgeous – I reconnected with a ton of friends – and reminisced about the fact that in some ways I wish I would’ve stayed there instead of transferring…..BUT….if I hadn’t have gone to La Salle, I never would have met some of the most amazing friends and gotten to experience the things I did – nor would I have ended up at CMU or in Michigan and met even more amazing people.  Everything happens for a reason.

Some pics for your enjoyment 🙂

Spring 2000 Phi Class! Me, Dunn, Laura Lawrence, Colleen, Ummie

Spring 2000 Phi Class!
Me, Dunn, Laura Lawrence, Colleen, Ummie

Chillin on the Phi Beta Mu Chair

Chillin on the Phi Beta Mu Chair

Had to take ONE sassy pic

Had to take ONE sassy pic

Me and Jen!

Me and Jen!

phimuchair

So I think my Friday posts have evolved.  I think when I originally planned to do the Five Truth’s Friday, it was more meant to be a confessional…but in reality I don’t have that many ‘sins’ to confess about my life.  I’m actually pretty proud of my life and my accomplishments.  I do, of course, wish there were a few other things I could add to that list of accomplishments but those will come in time.  For now……let’s get on with it 🙂

1.  I can smell when it’s going to rain or snow.  Anyone else have this ability?  There’s just a different smell to the air before it’s going to snow or rain.  It’s kind of a tinny/rusty smell.  Or if it’s the summer time, you can really smell the chlorophyll in the plants…something about the humidity brings it out.  I just know it’s going to rain.  That being said…I love me a good Summer thunderstorm.  When I lived in Florida, we had the BEST thunderstorms/lightning storms. 

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Pretty cool, no?  When I was little, my neighbors and I used to sit on our garage and watch the rain/lightning in the Summer.  Definitely awesome.

2.  I love to sweat…..during a workout.  If I don’t sweat, I didn’t work hard enough.  I don’t get how people can workout and NOT sweat?  How does that happen?  Sweating is actually the healthiest thing a person can do during a workout.  Different studies have been done about how much sweating someone should do during a workout……the sooner you sweat the healthier you are….it’s science.  Also this

3.  I was in a sorority in college.  Yes.  Me.  Some people still don’t believe me until I show them my pictures from our formals and my letters, etc.  I am going to an alumni function this weekend!  It should be fun.  I haven’t been back to Albright (my first Alma Mater) since 2002 or 2003 I think. 

Don't mind the overalls and the birkenstocks....

Don’t mind the overalls and the birkenstocks….

The "House"

The “House”

Me and Busillo at a Formal

Me and Busillo at a Formal

Me and Colleen at the "house"

Me and Colleen at the “house”

4.  Given my druthers, I’d wear mesh shorts and a t-shirt with sneakers every day or just regular workout clothes (stretch pants and a top).  Maybe that’s why I wanna be a full time coach so badly 🙂  Standard attire for a job like that!  It also makes me feel like I’ll possibly wanna go workout?

5.  The only food I think I could eat for every meal and forever (if I was only allowed to eat one food for the rest of my life…let’s be honest, you’ve all thought about it too)….is PIZZA.  It’s delicious and nutritious.  Don’t believe me?  Check this article out from Huffpo.  Yeah…now you want pizza for dinner tonight, don’t you?  An excellent meal or even just an excellent evening…..Pizza and Red Wine with a great game on TV.  Can’t beat it. 

Um…yes please!

 

Also, just incase anyone missed it – yesterday was the perfect day to have a date:

All you need is a light jacket!  Have a great weekend everyone!